Portland Man Dissolved in Yellowstone Hot Spring Was Apparently Trying to “Hot Pot”

The Portland man who died in a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park last summer was apparently trying to “hot pot,” according to the final accident report recently released by park officials—a term for the deeply verboten act of soaking in the park’s thermal pools.

To be fair, the pool does look pretty soakable.

Originally, officials thought the Portlander he had merely lost his footing and slipped into the hot spring while walking off track.

But according to the recently released report, on the afternoon of June 7, 23-year-old Colin Scott and his sister left the boardwalk near Pork Chop Geyser and wandered to the Norris Geyser basin looking for a pool to soak in.

The report quoted Scott’s sister as saying, “her brother was reaching down to check the temperature of a hot spring when he slipped and fell into the pool.”

She had been filming the journey to the geyser on her phone, and caught Scott’s accident. Officials say they won’t release the video.

Later, a rescue team found portions of Scott’s body, along with a wallet and orange flip flops. The rescuers had to stop due to a lightning storm, and when they came back the next day, they couldn’t find any further remains in the highly acidic water.

Unlike Oregon’s mild hot springs, which, at 85-112 degrees, are perfect to soak in amongst old hippies, hot springs in Yellowstone can reach up to 250 degrees.

“In a very short order,” a deputy said, “there was a significant amount of dissolving,”

Inbox: Letters About Anti-Trump Protests, Parking for Apartments

Trump Protest Turns Violent

When a fellow “protester” is wearing a hoodie and a mask, carrying a baseball bat and rocks, you might want to assume they don’t hold your views and are going to hijack your cause [“Portland Anti-Trump Protest Turns to Chaos as Anarchists Smash Cars and Bus Stops,” wweek.com, Nov. 10, 2016].

Police yourselves and stand up for the 99 percent. You know, the small-business owner who provides goods, services and jobs. The guy or gal who this morning is going to tell his employees to stay home while he waits for the insurance adjuster and glazier.

You outnumber the anarchists. Stand up to them, because today we don’t remember your voices, we remember the damage that was caused.

—John Retzlaff

This is about revolution. Destruction of property and sabotage are legitimate when it is done to the detriment to the bourgeoisie. Those who do not participate in revolution and defend the capitalist status quo are nothing more than traitors to the proletariat.

—Faolan Baldwin

Parking for New Apartments

I’m glad to hear Mayor-elect Ted Wheeler understands we don’t need a 1950s-style parking policy, and have more current tools to better match the supply with the demand [“Car Crushers,WW, Nov. 9, 2016].

The market can build parking where it’s needed. We don’t need to mandate each housing unit have a car-storage space costing $15,000 to $50,000, especially when the future of self-driving cars and shared mobility is soon upon us.

—Evan Manvel

Municipalities are famously bad at guessing how much parking is required for all potential land uses. Regulate where parking is located on the site, and let private property owners take the risk of delivering too much or too little parking.

Unlike many places, Portland is where people have actual options on how they spend their rent and transportation dollars. Cheaper rents are found in Beaverton or Vancouver, but that cheaper rent comes with higher transportation costs.

—R. John Anderson

Corrections

A story on Ammon Bundy’s acquittal (“The Prosecution Flops,WW, Nov. 2, 2016) incorrectly stated that prosecutors spent nearly $12 million preparing for the trial. In fact, U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams told The Oregonian that law enforcement agencies spent that figure responding to the Malheur occupation. WW regrets the error.

Last week’s Dr. Know column correctly stated that county and municipal judges are not required to be members of the Oregon State Bar. But judges in the Multnomah County Circuit Court, a state court, must be bar members.

Letters to the editor must include the author’s street address and phone number for verification. Letters must be 250 or fewer words. Submit to: 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Email: mzusman@wweek.com.

Is There a Public Listing of Local Business Owners Who Voted for Trump So I Can Boycott Them?

Is there a public listing of local business owners who voted for Trump so I can boycott them? Thank you! —Nan G.

I hate to rain on your parade, Nan—especially since it’s already a funeral parade—but (a) that’s not going to do a damned bit of good, and (b) no.

Let’s address the second objection first. As you would recall if there were still such a thing as high school civics classes, the U.S. has a long tradition of voting by secret ballot, rendering your proposed mini-reprisal impossible.

It was not always thus—until the late 19th century, each party would print its own pre-filled ballots, which were easily distinguishable from their rivals’ slates by color. Anyone hanging around the polls could easily tell who you’d voted for.

This turned out to be very handy for anyone who might have paid you for your vote, and by 1888, vote-buying was so rampant, flagrant, blatant—and possibly even piquant—that everyone agrees it cost Grover Cleveland the presidency. Most states adopted secret balloting (pioneered in Australia—shout-out!) soon thereafter.

And anyway, even if you could boycott Trump voters, that’s a pretty anodyne response to a pretty intractable problem.

That problem, by the way, isn’t that we’re totally fucked now (though we are). The problem is that we’ve been almost totally fucked since 2010, and nobody noticed. That’s when Republicans captured enough statehouses to gerrymander the congressional map.

Since then, Barack Obama has essentially been playing goalie on a one-man hockey team, but only now that the ice is completely empty is the well-deserved panic setting in.

In short, your mission isn’t to switch gutter-cleaning services, it’s to get those state legislatures back before the 2020 redistricting, assuming we live that long.

Howard Dean had a good grip on this idea, and there are rumors he may come out of mothballs to revive the 50-state strategy (Google it). Unprecedented quantities of money directed to state legislative races by folks like you would certainly help. Focus, people, focus.

QUESTIONS? Send them to drknow@wweek.com.

We Asked Anti-Trump Protesters Why They Were Protesting—Here’s What They Said

 

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“I hate Donald Trump. I’m tired of all the racial inequality.”

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“He [Donald Trump] does not give a fuck about anyone who doesn’t look like them.”

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“Because he’s [Donald Trump] a racist and against gay rights.”

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“I want to live in a world where I can live peacefully with my neighbors.”

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“I’m anti-fascism, anti-violence.”

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“I’m gay and I’m afraid of whats going to happen to me and my peers.”

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“Fuck Donald Trump.”

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“I think it’s important that we are not just going to stand by and watch them turn back the progress we’ve made.”

Photos by Christopher Onstott

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“I don’t know. Everything about him. He wants to ruin America.”

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“It’s the oppression man. It’s brutal. He doesn’t work for the people. He’ll step on anyone for his own agenda.”

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“He’s a fascist. He’s not inclusive.”

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“I hate how self-centered he is.”

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“He hates everything. We need a president who loves.”

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“He’s racist. Sexist. Hateful.”

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“Because he stands against everything I am.”

Photos by Joe Riedl

Portland Anti-Trump March Organizers Create A Fundraising Campaign to Pay for Last Night’s Anarchist Damages

Police arrested 25 people in the wee hours this morning in the third night of anti-Trump protests in Portland. Police declared the marched a riot around 8:30, as anarchists took over what started as a peaceful protest.

The protest’s organizer, Gregory McKelvey of Don’t Shoot Portland, told protesters to leave around 9 pm when the protest turned to vandalism.

Anarchists continued to smash storefront windows and bus stops, damage cars and spray graffiti. Police deployed stun grenades and rubber bullets around midnight.

The chaos has attracted national attention: The Associated Press has called Oregon the epicenter of anti-Trump protests.

Mayor-elect Ted Wheeler decried the property destruction this morning.

“Last night, what started as a peaceful protest ended in violence and vandalism,” Wheeler said in a statement. “While this was caused by a small group of people among thousands, such a conclusion is unacceptable. None of us – protesters, business owners, or the community at large – can afford for this to happen again.”

Wheeler added on Twitter that he believed the objective of the anarchists was to undermine the protest.

The group leading the protest, Portland’s Resistance, wants to make it clear they don’t condone the vandalism that occurred last night, and that they aren’t affiliated with it.

The violent actions that occurred last night had absolutely nothing to do with our group,” McKelvey wrote in a press release.
They created a GoFundMe page, which has already raised nearly $10,000 for damage repairs.
They also said they we will be volunteering all day tomorrow to clean up our city that was vandalized by individuals who are not connected to the group. They created a Facebook page for others who would like to help volunteer.
The group announced they will be meeting at 5 pm today at Portland City Hall for a rally and heal-in, where they will “talk talk about our demands to make our city a better place and discuss our campaign to repair the damage that was done to our city last night,” the press release says. “We sincerely apologize to anyone who’s property was damaged, even though it was not done by our group, and we invite you to join us, to heal, and to consider the conditions that enrage, enflame and divide us all. Together we can heal this divide.”
McKelvey could not immediately be reached for comment.

 

Need a Hug After the Election? You Can Get One Tonight at Mt. Tabor

Since the election of Donald Trump, protests have offered Portlanders plenty of opportunities to express their anger, dismay and determination to fight on. But an event being held tonight at Mt. Tabor Park will offer something different: one giant hug.

Related: “Not My President,” Portlanders Declare in Second Night of Anti-Trump Marches

Called “Hug it out. A gathering for hope,” the event will run from 5-8 pm and give attendees the opportunity to talk, be together and, according to co-organizer Chelsea Parrett, make “this huge circle and this giant hug.”

Parrett and Anne Parker, the event’s other organizer, say that the plan is to gather at the reservoir on SE Reservoir Loop Dr., which overlooks the city. The big hug will happen at 7 pm and until then, Parker is hoping that people who attend will take the time “to express their fears, thoughts, concerns, hope.”

The two organizers are also encouraging attendees to bring flashlights, cell phones and candles to “make this city brighter” and have reached out to organizations whose members they hope will attend, including NAYA, the ACLU and the Black United Fund of Oregon.

Above all, Parrett and Parker hope that the evening will be one of communal healing. As Parker says, “More than anything, we would just like to invite anyone and everyone and have an open place for people to come to and be together.”

Both organizers feel that this event offers something unique and important. “I’ve been to plenty of protests,” Parrett says, “but what we need first is to know that we have each other.”

A Portland Man Was Charged $140 for East Coast Uber Ride He Didn’t Take

When Uber tried to charge Johnathan Woolworth for taking an 83-mile ride from Boston to Storrs, Conn., he knew that something was wack. “I haven’t been back to the Boston area since probably 2002,” he says.

Turns out that Woolworth was right and Uber was wrong: His account had been hacked and he was being charged for someone else’s ride.

The bill for the ride, which occurred on October 14, was $140.92. Determined to get a refund, Woolworth emailed Uber, only to be told that he should contact the driver of the ride instead.

After Woolworth posted on an Uber website and a couple of Instagram accounts, Uber got in touch with him. “Uber actually reached out to me on Facebook and said, ‘Oh, we’ll refund your money,'” he explains.

According to an article on kgw.com, Uber has faced other security issues. The article notes that stolen Uber passwords are often sold online.

Woolworth says that after realizing his account was hijacked, he had to cancel his debit card. He also concluded that his information had been stolen when he received a push notification to update the information on his Uber account.

While the issue seems to have been resolved, Woolworth, who is the President of Seabee Construction in Portland, says his faith in Uber has been rattled. He says that Uber never offered a proper apology and that in his opinion the company “really doesn’t care about their customers unless they’re being harmed physically.”

As for the subject of whether or not he would ride with Uber after what happened, Woolworth says he’s been holding off: “I haven’t used Uber since.”

Anti-Trump Protesters Took Over I-5 In Early Morning Portland March

Protesters started gathering downtown around midnight, not long after Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. 

Around 12:30 am, protesters  burned an American flag, set a dumpster on fire and damaged local media boxes.

Around 1:30 am, they began marching to the Hawthorne Bridge.

Once on the bridge, they stopped all traffic both ways before turning around and heading back to the west side. There was also shouting between the protesters and people who stood on the bridge yelling “make America great again,” and some people holding religious signs.

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As the group marched back to the west side, they continued to chant “Fuck Trump, fuck Trump!” and someone lit two fireworks.

“It’s disgusting that Donald Trump was elected, and that moved me to get out here,” says social activist Michael Chababo. “I don’t know if it’s a big enough movement to make his presidency not happen, but this is definitely a minor step towards that.”

Around 1:45 am, protesters then marched over the Morrison Bridge, followed by two men yelling, “White Power!”

In the middle of the Morrison Bridge, organizers urged protesters to sit down and be silent for four and a half minutes to mark the four and a half hours that Michael Brown’s body lay on the streets on Ferguson.

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After, they got up and continued chanting, “Trump is the president and we don’t have a fuck.”

Protesters then continued to march, entering the Interstate-5 freeway on-ramp around 2:15 am.

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Once on I-5, they were able to fully occupy both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-5, effectively blocking the entire freeway. A reported incident involving a truck driver hitting a protestor caused one man to charge at the truck driver with a bat, calling him racist.  Other protestors quickly deescalated the situation. Someone tagged another truck with “Fuck Trump.” Horns honked loudly, while protesters continued to block the incoming traffic, most of them semi-trucks as they continued to chant, “Fuck Trump!”

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A few cars began driving over the median, close to where protesters were standing. But they pressed on, going further north, until they came face-to-face with police wearing riot gear.

As the protestors held their hands up, chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot,” police actually backed away, which Chabado says was unexpected.

“It was the first time I’ve seen a major highway get shut down like that, and cops intervening, but retreating back and being more peaceful than violent,” he says. “I definitely thought everyone was bracing for something to happen. I think the people that were acting more negatively than the cops were the drivers trying to get through.”

The cops retreated, and the protesters moved entirely to the northbound side of the freeway. Police stood by their cars, declining offers for Pringles from protesters and taking photos with their phone cameras.

The march then continued on I-5 before leaving at exit 302A around 2:50 am.

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Here, the group lost a few members, but blocked Northeast Weidler Avenue, continuing to chant, “fuck Donald Trump.” A passing car stopped and played “FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)” while the crowd sang along.

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The march then continued over the Broadway Bridge, where they slowed it down as it was moving too fast for people with disabilities, says Chababo. At 4:40, the group was smaller, but still chanting and marching. Around 5:30 am, protesters dispersed.

Chababo says there will be another gathering in the next couple of days.

Why Do We Even Bother Voting for Judges?

Why do we even bother voting for judges? As far as I can tell, when positions are vacated, they’re filled by appointment, and the judges run unopposed forever after. Chaps my hide every election. —Disgruntled Defendant

I’m writing this before Election Day, so I have no idea whether you’re reading this newspaper in the rational universe we’ve always known, or huddling under it for warmth in a post-apocalyptic hellscape of abominations in which the living envy the dead.

But by the time you read these words, the die will have been cast one way or the other. All I can do is pray that the crucible of suffering that is Multnomah County Measure 26-184, “Charter Review Committee Reform,” did not come to pass.

Related: WW’s Fall 2016 Endorsements: Local Measures

But I know that’s not why you wrote me, Disgruntled. Read on, and I’ll do my best to gruntle you.

Your criticism of judicial elections as shams of democracy is not far wrong—vacancies come up midterm, the governor taps a replacement, and that judge faces the next election with the benefit of incumbency.

Why? Some say it would be awkward for an attorney to run against a judge who he might later see in court. Others note that successful lawyers make more money than judges.

But let’s get real—the main reason we try to keep judgeships out of voters’ hands is because voters are shitheads who make no effort to learn about down-ticket races, usually voting for whomever has the cooler-sounding name.

The polite fiction that judges are democratically elected, as retired Oregon Supreme Court Justice Hans Linde once observed, allows lawmakers to “defend their 19th-century populist principles at little cost in actual practice.”

But you can make them pay that cost! County and municipal judges are not required to be members of the Oregon State Bar, meaning small-time meth cooks like you can totally run. Just change your name to something like “Daniel T. Justice,” find a sitting judge with a name like “Myron Finkelstein,” and get measured for that robe. See you in court!

Questions? Send them to dr.know@wweek.com

Inbox: Letters About the Bundy Acquittal and Wyden’s Proposed Housing Tax Credit

The Bundy Acquittal

The not-guilty verdict by the tampered jury aided by the incompetent prosecution and Judge Anna Brown is a travesty and miscarriage of justice, a failure by our public servants to protect Americans from the seditious Bundys and their violent militia supporters [“The Prosecution Flops,” WW, Nov. 2, 2016].

The defendants were clearly guilty (they documented it themselves!). The damage caused to the refuge (repairs to be paid by taxpayers) and the trauma inflicted on Harney County are the result of this illegal armed occupation of public property, which the perpetrators now walk away from scot-free, emboldened to take over other public facilities at gunpoint and endanger federal employees.

The Bundys do not represent rural residents of Oregon or any state. They are a criminal gang similar to a drug cartel or the Mafia: using threats of violence and intimidation to steal from the public for personal profit.

Like O.J., they will hopefully see justice served in Nevada. If not, their penchant for violence will ultimately be their undoing, hopefully not in the cost of law enforcement’s or innocents’ lives.

—“Katherine”

Whatever one’s feelings about the cases and their outcomes, WW’s hatchet job on U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams cannot go without a response. I was a trial lawyer for over 30 years, and I have known Billy as a friend and colleague for more than 20.

Laying the sins of his predecessor, Amanda Marshall, at his door is inexcusable. The choices made by the government in this case are all blamed on Williams, but every single decision made in this case, good or bad, was made not in Portland but at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., by Obama appointees.

—Pat Callahan

Blaming this verdict strictly on Billy Williams and the U.S. Attorney’s Office ignores the context of the times we’re living in. This verdict is what progressive justice looks like.

If you read the news regularly or listen to NPR, you can’t go more than a day without still another story about the evils of “mass incarceration” and all the money we could save if we stopped sending people to prison.

—Pamela Fitzsimmons

Wyden’s Proposed Housing Tax Credit

I am disappointed in Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) [“Home Front,” WW, Nov. 2, 2016]. I can see dispersing the money, but tax dollars should be provided from the bottom up. I can accept a range of housing levels, but that range must be focused on low-income housing, not middle-class housing.

The middle class will be helped by reduced homelessness and the reduced financial burden that homelessness places on services. The existence of low-income housing will pull rental prices down, thus helping middle-class renters as well.

—“Swimnbud”

Letters to the editor must include the author’s street address and phone number for verification. Letters must be 250 or fewer words. Submit to: 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Email: mzusman@wweek.com.